Blood Pressure Monitoring
Scotland County EMS provides blood pressure monitoring M-F, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. when staff is available for anyone concerned about monitoring their blood pressure. The readings are recorded and can be printed out, at your request, to be presented to your family physician if there are concerns about your cardiac health. The service is provided free of charge in the lobby of the EMS base at 1403 West Boulevard.
Blood Glucose Monitoring
Individuals with blood glucose issues or who are diagnosed as diabetic in most cases monitor their blood glucose level on a regular basis. On occasion, these individuals may neglect to monitor their condition as frequently as is recommended, resulting is a case of lower than acceptable blood glucose levels. The person may become lethargic, non-responsive, and possibly unconscious. In such a case as this, 911 should be called and EMS will respond to the scene. Upon arrival on the scene, EMS staff will assess the patient and in the event of a low blood glucose level take action to raise the blood glucose level to a normal level.
In many cases where EMS staff has taken the above action and raised the blood glucose level to an acceptable level, the patient quickly returns to a normal level of consciousness and has no desire to be transported to a hospital for additional evaluation. In this case and with the approval of Medical Control, EMS staff will disconnect the IV tubing used to raise the blood glucose level and agree to leave the patient in the care of another adult. EMS staff will encourage the patient to monitor their blood glucose level more frequently and offer to measure the patients blood glucose level a final time before leaving the scene. In cases where the EMS crew responding has to treat the patient for low blood glucose, a Treatment-No Transport fee will be billed to the patient to recover the cost of drugs and supplies used by paramedics to restore the patients blood glucose to an acceptable level.
911 Address Signs
Blue reflective 911 Address Signs are available at the Emergency Services office. The signs are crafted on site and can be requested in either a vertical or horizontal presentation. The metal sign blanks are pre-drilled with holes in each corner for easy mounting. The sign blanks can be numbered with up to five numbers on both sides and will be highly visible at night and in inclement weather. The signs are available to anyone wishing to purchase them 5 days a week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at a cost of $10 each.
Many people have actually purchased these signs as a gift for a friend or family member with a medical condition that may require the future need for Emergency Services. Having a Blue reflective address sign will make it easier for all Emergency First responders to locate your residence in the event of an "EMERGENCY"